Nov 17 2018

Searching for the 22 Stars of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 Film-Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Inspired by the above photo of a street line-up of Tuckers in Francis Ford Coppola's 1988 film, I began a search to discover the 22 Tuckers that participated in this classic movie. With the assistant of Tucker expert Martyn Donaldson and several 1988 automobile magazines, below are the real stars of Coppola's film. Photo courtesy of Gene Kennedy.


Howard Kroplick

Martyn Donaldson

Coppola's #1014 was used extensively in the movie, especially in the factory assembly scene flashbacks during the courtroom scenes. That car was also the basis for the replicar molds. Cammack's #1022 and #1026 were also used - #1026 acting as "number 50!" in factory scenes and #1022 driven by Jeff Bridges around the factory floor (Bridges and company are sitting on #1022 in the promo photo). #1025 (Goodwin-Miller Funeral Home collection) was used the street scenes in front of the courthouse and can be seen in the street line-up photo - at the front of the line, wearing it's Olds Toronado wheel covers.

Fun Facts About the 22 Tucker Film Stars

  • Tom Sparks help round up 22 Tuckers and created four replicas built by Mike Fennel Enterprises for the stunt scenes.
  • According to Sparks only 6 of the 22 Tuckers ran well. “Most of the Tuckers we borrowed had been sitting around for years”.
  • Owners each received $2,500 for participating.
  • The auction price for a Tucker in 1987 was $60,000.

Tucker: The Man an His Dream

Best Tucker Automobile Scenes

Marks 40.09, 41:29, 59.20, 1:06.36, 1:07.20 1:17,20, 1:27.00

Tucker 1004

1988 Owner: Ray and Ruth Burton

Current Owner: Toyota Automobile Museum

Tucker 1005

1988 Owner: Delona and Curtis Foester

Current Owner: Tallahassee Automobile Museum

Tucker 1009

1988 Owner: George Lucas

Current Owner: George Lucas

Tucker 1012

Current Owner: Kesling Auto Collection

Tucker 1013

Current Owner: Swigart Auto Museum

Tucker 1014

1988 Owner: Francis Ford Coppola

Current Owner: Franics Ford Coppola

Note: Used extensively in the factory assembly scene and basis for replicar molds.

Tucker 1015

Current Owner: The Stahl's Collection

Tucker 1017

Current Owners: Keith and Eileen Carpenter

Tucker 1019

Currently on Display: San Diego Automotive Museum

Tucker 1020

1988 Owner: Jane and John Lemmo

Current Owner: Hani Corporation

Tucker 1021

1988 Owner: Gene Clark

Tucker 1022

1988 Owner: Richard Jones

Current Owner: AACA Museum

Tucker 1024

Current Owner: Museum of American Speed

Tucker 1025

Current Owner: The Goodwin Collection

Note: Seen in the street line-up photo with its Olds Toronado wheel covers.

Tucker 1026

Current Owner: AACA Museum

Tucker 1029

Current Owner: Mark Lieberman

Tucker 1031

1988 Owner: Eva and Jay Busker

Current Owner: Erci Breslow

Tucker 1034

1988 Owner: Juanita and Gene Cofer

Tucker 1037

1988 Owner: Francis Ford Coppola

Current Owner: Francis Ford Coppola

Note: Portrayed the 1947 Tucker "Tin Goose" Propotype.

Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas in front of Tucker 1037.

Tucker 1041

1988 Owner: Dorothy and Bev Ferriera

Current Owner: Gene and Collen Clarke

Jeff Bridges, Francis Ford Coppola and members of the Tucker Automobile Club on the film set in 1987.

Tucker 1050

1988 Owner: Delona and Curtis Foester

Current Owner: Dick's Classic Garage

Tucker 1051

1988 Owner: Carlos DeLorenzo


Nov 17 2018 ken wiebke 11:33 PM

True historian’s devotion to detail shows in this project.  Good job.    my recollection of the movie was there was one scene wih more than 26 vehicles but gotta see that entertaing picture again….

Nov 18 2018 Sheri Mignano 1:01 PM

well, he may not have been a car of steel but my fellow musician, now deceased, was in the courtroom scene in Tucker. His name was Rudy Cipolla(1900-2000) and he taught and inspired mandolinist David Grisman. Cipolla is a celebrity in the world of mandolins!

Nov 18 2018 S. Berliner, III 2:56 PM

To hell with all those Tuckers - love !hat ‘46-48 Ford woodie!  Seriously, though, what’s the black rectangle off-center in front of the Tucker ‘way back at the curb?  Sam, III

Howard Kroplick

My best guess is that it is a road sign.

Nov 20 2018 Bob Andreocci 10:23 AM

As a member of the Studebaker Drivers Club LI chapter,  I had heard that a Studebaker was “disguised” as a Tucker, for, I think,  I shot of a car rolling over. Just wondering if anyone else ever heard that info.  Bob Andreocci

Howard Kroplick

Bob, you are correct! Three cars were used to film the crash scene, a “before” version, with a fiberglass body, the car used to do the actual rollover was a Studebaker modified to look like a Tucker.

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